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  • Blog Post: West Region IT Camps in November and December

    On October 17th, I wrote a blog post about upcoming TechNet Events taking place in the West Region in the November and December time frame ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2011/10/17/upcoming-west-region-technet-events-in-november-2011.aspx ).  I am now writing a follow up post to...
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  • Blog Post: Exchange Connections in Las Vegas – November 9 – 12, 2009

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  • Blog Post: Windows Networking User group (in Seattle area) is holding their first meeting!

    Back on October 8th, I posted about a new User Group getting ready to start up in the Seattle area ( http://blogs.technet.com/haroldwong/archive/2008/10/07/seattle-windows-networking-user-group.aspx ).  Well, Zubair has finally been able to work out all the logistics for the meeting and the group...
  • Blog Post: Tech Days in San Francisco from May 2–3, 2013

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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow taking place across the United States (and across the world)

    The Windows Server 2012 team has worked with a group of MVPs to deliver a series of Windows Server 2012 all day events.  Since I’m based in the US, I am focusing on the ones taking place in my country, but there are a bunch taking place in different countries across the world. Not everyone who wants...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café - Why Hyper-V Matters and How Can it Work for You

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  • Blog Post: MVP Summit is Great, but Seattle weather SUCKS!

    I’ve been here in Bellevue / Seattle / Redmond area since Sunday morning for the MVP Summit.  It’s been great to reconnect with MVPs that I don’t get to see very often (people like Jason Sherry, Hal Hostetler, Ed Horley, Andrew Karcher, Clayton Cobb, Ben Schorr, Randy Williams, Dennis Martin, etc...
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    I just made a separate post for the Exchange Connections in Las Vegas next week.  This post is for the Windows Connections that is running at the same time.  Over the past few years, I’ve been delivering sessions on Exchange or OCS at the Exchange Connections in Las Vegas (and Orlando), but...
  • Blog Post: Bytes By TechNet Interview with Richard Campbell, host of RunAs Radio and Microsoft MVP

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  • Blog Post: SIP Trunks and Office COmmunications Server 2007 R2

    Gotta love how things happen.  In the last 2 weeks, I’ve been asked by three people if Office Communications Server 2007 R2 supports SIP Trunks.  I know we do, but since I’ve never ever configured it myself, I have no clue how to actually do it.  I have usually pointed people to the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Event (Denver, CO – October 6, 2010) Post Event Follow Up

    Today, I had the TechNet Event in Denver Colorado that was co-delivered with Jason Sherry who happens to be an Exchange MVP out of Longmont, CO.  The event went very well today and there were lots of questions.  I wanted to follow up the event with some information for everyone. First, if you...